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Preki Interview
January 1, 2010, 11:41 PM
Filed under: Preki, Toronto FC

Preki has proven to be one of the best coaches in MLS over the last two years.

He led Chivas USA to consecutive playoff appearances while earning a Coach of the Year award along the way.

This off-season both club and manager agreed that it would be best for both to part ways, and now the former American international is looking forward to a new challenge as head coach of Toronto FC.

Keith Costigan: Throughout last season you were constantly linked to the head coaching positions at Kansas City, D.C. United and Chicago, but it came as a bit of a shock to us all that you ended up becoming the new head coach of Toronto FC. What were your initial thoughts when Toronto made their move for you and how excited are you about taking on this new challenge?

Preki: I had heard all the rumors about the other clubs being interested in me but Mo Johnston acted fast and really showed me that he wanted me. I was very happy to commit to Toronto because they showed me that they felt I was the man for the job and sometimes you want to feel that from a club.

They were the first club I talked to and by making me feel like that really wanted me it made it an easy decision to join Toronto and now I am excited for the future here. Toronto is a great franchise that has great potential. It has some of the best fans in the league and they are hungry for success.

K.C.: You have inherited a squad that has flattered to deceive over the last few seasons. How happy are you with the squad you inherited and what kind of moves can we expect to see you make over the coming months?

Preki: We have already decided not to pick up the options on Amado Guevara and Pablo Vitti so we have already begun to make changes to the squad. Building the squad will take time but I think that we really have some special players in our locker room and we really have to teach them to play together and care for each other when they step on the field. If we do that we will be a successful team.

K.C.: What are your goals for next season at Toronto?

Preki: I just want to see us make progress as a team. I want us to be a difficult team to play against every night and I want us to work hard for each other on the field. If we can do those things then I believe success will follow. Our ultimate goal is obviously a championship but we have to understand the work that goes into winning one.

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